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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 14, 2010 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: chuck berry

Just curious if anyone saw him open for the Dead in the mid 90's. His rep is that he is a difficult guy to work with so I'm curious how he played or what the response to him was.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 14, 2010 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

Can't answer. I saw him back in mid-80s and he was pretty damn good. I'm sure for that show he just showed up, got the cash in hand, told the band - who he had not met before going on stage - to follow his lead. There was a great article and long interview in a recent issue of rolling stone with him. 83 and still playing every week in St. Louis. He and Jerry Lee Lewis still doing it. Kind of puts some other artists in perspective if the architects are still doing it.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Sep 15, 2010 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

It's more like once a month in St. Louis, always at a really small venue that he owns, it always sells out quick EVERY time. It's more of a bar/restaurant with a concert venue in the basement and another sortof venue upstairs. Decent enough place, though I haven't been there since Kimock played there in 2004. Ever since I was a teenager I said one of my goals in life was to see Chuck at least once in my lifetime. The shows were always 21+ so I said once I turned 21 I'd go. It's been over 10 years and I still haven't made a show yet. I'll do it someday, assuming he lives to be like 110.

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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 14, 2010 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

The Taylor Hackford film about the bash Keith Richards threw for Chuck's 60th birthday at the Fox in St. Louis is a real treat to watch.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Sep 15, 2010 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

I had a chance to see Mr. Berry quite along time ago in the gym at New Paltz. He was on this night and played a fairly long set. The reality of him showing up just before
going on is well, true he would shlep his twin and Gibson
get paid then have a 2 minute rap w/ the backing band. This I've seen this and also the same story told by many including Springsteen who opened for him somewhere in Jersey.
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Poster: DEETS Date: Sep 16, 2010 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

Highly recommend the RS article. Chuck was burned badly early in his career and he does not trust people to do what they say. Fascinating how the record industry evolved. Chuck is a survivor and the KING.

Also nice new Jerry Lee Lewis Cd. Give these icons their due before they are gone.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Sep 14, 2010 5:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

Chuck Berry..The REAL "King of Rock and Roll"

never seen him, but hope too before he calls it quits

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 14, 2010 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

I was curious. I was able to see folks like Al green, Ray Charles and jerry lee lewis later in years and they all have the same format. The band pays 3 songs without them and then introduce whoever it is and then then play for 45 mins. can't say that I'm a big fan of that sort of thing.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Sep 15, 2010 11:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

I saw Little Richard a couple of years ago and he did a full length "A-wop-bop-a-loo-lop-a-lop-bam-boom" show. He may be old, but he can still bring it to the stage.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 15, 2010 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

It is bizarre how the most difficult and creepy (Chuck Berry), dangerous, and "vile" ( Jerry Lee), and bonkers crazy (Little Richard ) of the 50's R&R guys , are still alive , and all the "nice guys" ( with the exception of Fats Domino) are gone ...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 15, 2010 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

well, that deal with the devil has a way of turning out bad in the long run...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 14, 2010 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: chuck berry

Hey--that's what JWinter did too...of course, he has some real physical limitations, and his band was hot on its own. EWinter opened, and for the "geezer circuit" (used affectionately), I liked them both a great deal. Saw them last yr, second row. That's the other good thing about the "declining geezer circuit": often they aren't as popular, and you can get great (comfortable! impt for me) seats...